When a PSA from the 1970s can illustrate a problem still happening today, that's a PROBLEM.

Over the past 20 years or so, women have made a lot of progress.

Worldwide, the gap between school enrollment rates for boys and girls has shrunk, and in many parts of the world, there are actually more women than men enrolled in college.



Despite gains, they've still struggled in other areas — specifically, in the workplace.

20 years ago, 0 women were CEOs in Fortune 500 companies. Now? 5%

While that's certainly better than nothing — 5%? We can do better than that, world.

Technically, it's illegal to pay men and women different wages for the same work.

As Batgirl here pointed out in a 1973 PSA, it's not okay that Robin gets paid more than she does for doing the same job.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, designed to end gender-based wage discrimination.

"I am delighted today to approve the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits arbitrary discrimination against women in the payment of wages. This act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations unassociated with labor or management, to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job."
President John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963

The law was hard to enforce and, as a result, never quite lived up to its goal. More than 50 years later, little progress has been made.

It's hard to get specific about what the wage gap is in terms of a percentage of lost wages, but one thing can be agreed on: It exists.

Some have said that women make just 78% of what men make. Others say the number is closer to 82% or 87%.

Still, it's really not cool that women make anything less than 100% of what men make for doing the same work.

On top of that, studies have found that women of color are at even more of a disadvantage when it comes to earnings.

It's unacceptable, and as time goes on, people continue to brainstorm ideas for closing the wage gap.

Solutions have ranged from the practical — such as putting an end to "salary secrecy" — to the more out there, like simply making an effort to pay women more and men less.

In 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became law, making it easier for women to sue for pay discrimination. Still, more needs to be done.

Because, like Batgirl, if you're doing the same work as a man, you really should be making the same salary as a man.

Check out this video put together by the U.S. Department of Labor featuring footage from the 1973 Batgirl PSA:

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

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